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Yoshitomo Nara

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Birthplace
Hirosaki, Japan

Birth year
1959

Lives in
Tokyo

Works in
Tokyo

Upcoming Exhibitions and Events
Sep, 2015 Solo Exhibition
Johnen Galerie
 
Current Exhibitions and Events
Jun, 2015 Twentieth Anniversary Exhibition
Stephen Friedman Gallery
 
Statement

Yoshitomo Nara is a contemporary Japanese pop artist. The subject matter of his sculptures and paintings is deceptively simple: most works depict one seemingly innocuous subject (often pastel-hued children and animals drawn with confident, cartoonish lines) with little or no background. But these children, who appear at first to be cute and even vulnerable, sometimes brandish weapons like knives and saws. Their wide eyes often hold accusatory looks that could be sleepy-eyed irritation at being awoken from a nap—or that could be undiluted expressions of hate.

An essay about his work can be seen here.

Recent Exhibits

Yoshitomo Nara participated in these exhibits:

Jun, 2015 Twentieth Anniversary Exhibition
Stephen Friedman Gallery
 
Mar, 2015 stars
Pace Hong Kong
 
Oct, 2014 Greetings from a Place in My Heart
Dairy Art Centre
 
Jul, 2014 Damage Control: Art and Destruction Since 1950
Mudam Luxembourg
 
Mar, 2014 Giant Robot Presents: 20 Years Art X Mags Exhibition
Giant Robot 2
 
Mar, 2014 Study from the Human Body
Stephen Friedman Gallery
 
Click here to see all exhibits for Yoshitomo Nara
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